Radiant Entertainment Acquired by Riot Games, Rising Thunder Closed

In a surprising move, League of Legends developer Riot Games has announced that the company has acquired Radiant Entertainment. Tony and Tom Cannon, Radiant’s chief executives, issued a statement about this acquisition and about the state of the studios’ current projects.

Radiant Entertainment is the development studio behind fighting game Rising Thunder, sandbox fantasy sim Stonehearth, and the standard-setting GGPO network code.

Stonehearth, which was successfully Kickstarted back in 2013,will continue to be developed “full speed ahead.”

As for Rising Thunder:

[The Rising Thunder] team will start work on a new game that we’re incredibly excited about. We wish we could say more now, but rest assured you’ll hear more when the time is right. For now, we will be closing the Rising Thunder Alpha on March 18th. Thanks to everyone who participated in the test!

Riot is one of the most quickly growing game companies on the planet.  I don’t see that growth slowing down any time soon as long as League of Legends continues to be the one of the world’s biggest games.

The news of the purchase was surprising, but it’s easy to see why it’s a smart move for the company.

With a specialty in competitive games, Radiant has a great deal of design and technical expertise. And while single-player titles like Stonehearth aren’t Riot’s usual bag, it always pays for large businesses to diversify.

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